Zhuangzhuang Zhou, an undergraduate student of the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (JI) took a first place during a recent Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition (SRC) of the Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA), winning him a gold medal in the undergraduate category and a place at the ACM SRC 2019 Grand Finals.

PosterPoster of Zhuangzhuang Zhou’s research findings

During November 5 – 8, 2018, the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) was held in the Californian city of San Diego of the United States.  Zhuangzhuang Zhou attended the conference and presented his academic paper “DALS: Delay-driven Approximate Logic Synthesis” as first author with JI Professor Weikang Qian as his advisor. Afterwards, he took part in the ACM SRC including poster and on-site presentation sessions. The jury of judges reached consensus of offering the first place of undergraduate category to Zhou with a gold medal award. With the award, Zhou will represent the ACM SIGDA to compete with other ACM SRC winners from different research fields in the 2019 Grand Finals.

SRCZhuangzhuang Zhou (middle) on the stage of the awarding ceremony

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. The ACM Student Research Competition, sponsored by the US-based multi-national scientific giant Microsoft, provides a unique platform for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their original researches at well-known academic conferences in various fields.

Zhuangzhuang Zhou joined JI as an undergraduate student in 2014. He applied for graduation deferment due to a severe car accident in spring 2017. One year later, he returned and joined the Emerging Computing Technology Laboratory led by Professor Qian, as an undergraduate research assistant.